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The Johnson Arms is situated next to the canal and very close to the local hospital and university. My first stop on the outskirts of Nottingham early on Saturday afternoon and I was the only customer in. The interior seemed nice enough. But, it was difficult to judge, given the lack of atmosphere. The 3 ales on when I arrived were Laine Breaker, St Austell Tribute & Nottingham Sooty Stout. But the landlord was busy pulling through Marston's Dr Johnson Pale Ale & Lincoln Green Strike. The cider was Thatcher's Cheddar Valley. It's location feels a bit out on a limb.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Apr 2019 18:18
Found the place by accident whilst exploring the extension to the Nottingham tram system. Quiet, traditional pub, good selection of local ales, the one I had was in good nick.
ellisref - 19 Nov 2015 20:52
The epitome of a fantastic pub. Fantastic beer, always perfectly poured, great bar staff, great jukebox music played at an agreeable volume, huge grassy beer garden. The management have really succeeded in making this pub appeal to everyone, from students (mainly postgrads) and locals. Frequent events from morris dancing to music festivals mean there's something for everyone.
MX7 - 24 Jul 2010 16:35
I went here on a Thursday night in March. It wasn't busy, but there were a few people in. The beer (Real Ale) was excelent and not expensive. I liked the music as well, not too loud, 80s, 90s, 00, rock guitar etc. A bit of pop.

Good pub, i'd go again.
mooseo - 12 Apr 2010 17:23
As a student at Notts Uni who loves his ale, this pub has been a gem of a find. We are all now regulars there. Don't get the wrong impression, it's not a students pub. There's a fine mix of regulars and students and both are treated with the now famous Johnny Arms hospitality. Food's great, the snacks are top notch, and they really know how to keep their ales. Regular beer festivals, quiz nights, poker nights mean that there's never a dull moment. What a beer garden! A true gem. Great pub. 10/10
Maino - 25 Nov 2007 19:30
Decent boozer, nice beer. Very friendly.
Petbottle - 7 Nov 2006 08:31
This place is an absolute Gem. I work at Notts Uni and get there whenever I can. Gillys food is great, I love the fact he refuses to do chips. His barbeques are amazing. The staff are amazingly friendly, and always welcoming, you can really tell they take pride in the place. The beers good too, and the beers festivals are well worth looking out for. Its a shame not so many pubs have the welcoming friendly charm of the Johno's. Before you ask I was not paid to write this!
BoozeBear - 6 Oct 2006 23:06
Supping beers in this pub must be on the list of things to do by the timeyou've graduated from Notts Uni. Worth all you Trents makin a journey towards the sticks as well. Friendliest pub in Notts. Long live the Johnson. Exclusively recommended by ale soc at Notts uni also
anonymous - 27 Feb 2006 14:08
I must agree with the other comments on this site - a very friendly pub. The staff go out of their way to get to know you and your drink. They are friendly and witty (occasionally) too. Free jukebox, good cheap food, real ales and the best beer garden for miles around make this a real find. Wish it didn't get too busy on a friday after work though ....
iamdrdee - 31 Oct 2005 14:42
How can you sum up this pub?! The proprietors of the Johnson's Arms have managed to achieve what every local pub aspires to. Quick to remember faces, before long you are known by name and your usual tipple sussed. Great mix of people come through the doors, from doctors to students, the mix is no way off-putting and great in terms of the local community. A great beer garden for the summer, a great coal fire for the winter, its undeniably one of the most comfortable pubs no matter what the weather. There are so many aspects the pub have got right its so great - for example the beer festival there which i have just returned from (thus in plentiful good spirits with this long-winded comment). Even the food is good and reasonerably priced, and always manages to stay away from chips and burgers, the chef always seems to come up with some great specials each week. Well worth a visit whether or not a beer festival is on, - there is always a good selection. Some of the seats are uncomfortable though, but nothings perfect.
jwillyum - 11 Aug 2005 01:45
Fantastic pub with friendly staff well kept real ales, and a good beer garden. A mixed crowd of locals, students and staff from the QMC/University. Lots of free plays on the jukebox and a decent enough selection of food from sausages and yorkies to paninis and wraps. Definitely the best pub in Lenton or Dunkirk.
Christoph - 6 Jun 2005 15:20
Brilliant pub, great beer, friendly staff, always a warm welcome, a real local pub. Even though it technically isn't my local anymore it is worth the extra effort to get to a pub that actually seems to value you as a customer. Free pears in the summer is a bonus too!
KatyE - 17 Dec 2004 15:32
we drank there regularly for 2 years - Fantastic pub, always made to feel welcome, decent sized beergarden,and the only pub in that area that deserves to be called a proper local. Wish we could move it over to our side of the city.
Nick&Fizz - 8 Nov 2004 12:43
Only really good for their beer festivals where you can get hammered on great ales at bargain prices (ie good deals with fest t-shirt etc). November the 5th is the night to be there
Charlie - 26 Aug 2004 12:38
Dull pub catering for students and a few locals who get preferential treatment. "Sorry" from the staff doesn't help when they're blatantly serving their cronies first.

If you order food the barman might remember to give your order to the chef, the chef might remember to do it, or not. Not worth it when it arrives.

The Boat round the corner is much better.
palmwinedrinkard - 18 Jun 2004 17:30
A lot has changed since 1999 Matt. The Rubber Duck (Now The Dunkirk Inn) is shockingly bad these days, with decor and townie clientele to match. The Jonno's is the friendliest and best pub in Lenton/Dunkirk with a cracking juke box and a very nice pear tree.
RL - 12 Feb 2004 16:32
excellent little pub with extremely friendly staff, also does great food. Cracking little beer Garden (with pear tree!) out the back for summer months.
David - 15 Jan 2004 17:14
Very friendly pub, with excellent beer. And apparently it has a pear tree. Good pub quiz on a Tuesday night (so I am told).
McSti - 26 Nov 2003 20:13

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